Wood Business

Virtual Event
Women in Forestry – 2021
March 9, 2021 at 11:00am EST

Women represented just 17 per cent of the forestry labour force in 2016 – but representation is gradually increasing as key industry players lead the change on gender equity. Inspired by their ongoing efforts to dismantle the barriers that prevent or discourage women from entering the industry, and to facilitate conversations about advancing women into leadership positions, Canadian Forest Industries, Pulp & Paper Canada and Canadian Biomass launched a microsite dedicated to Women in Forestry, www.womeninforestry.ca.

Building on this initiative, we invite you to join us for the Women in Forestry Virtual Summit on March 9, 2021!

Featuring some of the biggest influencers in the Canadian forest products sector as well as women who have trailblazed in their careers, the Women in Forestry Virtual Summit offers a live panel discussion, presentations and on-demand sessions where speakers will explore the importance of fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, share career advice and real-life experiences, recommend actions companies can take to recruit female employees and advance them to leadership positions, and much more.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with industry experts and thought leaders whose shared goal is to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the Canadian forestry space.


We are currently finalizing speakers for this event, which is still subject to change. If you have a proposal for a speaker, email Ellen Cools at ecools@annexbusinessmedia.com or Kristina Urquhart at kurquhart@annexbusinessmedia.com.


Welcome & Opening Remarks

Speakers: Ellen Cools, editor of Canadian Forest Industries & Canadian Biomass; Kristina Urquhart, editor of Pulp & Paper Canada

Opening Remarks: Beth MacNeil, Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Keynote | Get Started: How to be an Ally

Speaker: Tanya Wick, Vice-President, People & Services, Tolko

Free to Grow Initiative: An update on Canada’s Gender Equity in Forestry National Action Plan

Speaker: Kelly Cooper, Founder & President, Centre for Social Intelligence

12:15 - 12:30

Statement from Derek Nighbor, president and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)

Awareness to action: Canfor’s journey to inclusivity

Speaker: Kara Biles, Director, Learning and Leadership, Corporate Human Resources, Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor)

Panel discussion:
Advancing women in forestry – what are the strategies for success?

Moderator: Kate Lindsay, Senior Vice-President, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)

Lacey Rose, Co-Founder, Women in Wood,
Johanne Latour, Director of Talent and Culture, EACOM Timber Corporation.
Charlene Strelaeff, Fibre Forester – Celgar Operations, Mercer International
Fahimeh Yazdan Panah, Director of Research & Technical Development, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

1:55 - 2:00pm
Closing remarks

Diversity and Inclusion in Green Jobs: The Promise of Behavioural Design

Speaker: Kathy Abusow, President & CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
Diversity and Inclusion in Green Jobs: The Promise of Behavioural Design

Know Your Value

Speaker: Janis Simpkins, Senior Vice-President, Alberta Forest Products Association

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Forestry

Speaker: Janelle Abela, Founder, Diverse Strategy Solutions

Product Demos

Frequently Asked Questions About Women in Forestry – 2021

When & Where?

Women in Forestry – 2021 will take place virtually via GoToWebinar on March 9, 2021 at 11:00am EST.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of March 9, 2021.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.